Sunday, May 29, 2016

Thematic Sunday: Captain America Graphic Novels For Beginners

Okay, so when I started making this list after finishing up Superman, I had no idea that whole thing about Hydra was going to happen. I'm...going to ignore it to be honest. If you're a new fan who's just getting into Cap, I suggest you do so as well. My guess is, in a few months, it'll be completely retconned anyway, because this is comics and everyone had a pretty negative reaction to it. For good reason.
For those of you still curious about Captain America, here's a list of places to start with, or story arcs in Captain America that are a good idea to know about. These are all trades, because I personally find reading heroes with as huge a back list as Cap goes much easier when read in trades.

1) Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Captain America series by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

If you want to start from the very very beginning, this series of trades is a good way to go. These collect a majority of the early issues of Captain America when the series first started back in the forties.

2) Captain America and the Falcon series by Steve Englehart, Mike Friedrich, and Sal Buscema

The seventies were an interesting time for Captain America. This series introduces Falcon and shows Cap becoming slightly disillusioned with America due to what's happening in the country (it's the seventies, it was a turbulent time for us).

3) Captain America vol. 1: The New Deal by John Nay Reiber

If you're more interested in modern interpretations of Captain America, this series is a good place to start. It deals with the aftermath of 9/11 in the Marvel Universe.

4) Captain America and The Falcon Vol. 1: Two Americas by Christopher J. Priest

Not to be confused with the series above, that was Steve and Sam meeting. In this one they already know each other, and Sam goes rogue (FYI, comics Sam is very different from MCU Sam).

5) Captain America: The Winter Soldier arc by Ed Brubaker

If you've seen the second movie, you know why this is on here.

6) Marvel's Civil War event

If you've seen the third movie, you know why this is on here. Just be warned: things go down very differently in the comics.

7) The Death of Captain America series arc by Ed Brubaker

Yes, like Superman Cap died. Also like Superman, he came back. Comics.

8) Captain America: Reborn series arc by Ed Brubaker

Like I said, he comes back. Because, comics.

9) The Trial of Captain America arc by Ed Brubaker

Bucky goes to trial and things from Cap's past come to light.

10) Captain America vol. 1: Castaway in Dimension Z by Rick Remender

Looking to skip ahead and just catch up on what's happening with present day Cap? This is an excellent place to start.

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